Are There Any Real, Legit Work From Home Jobs?

If you had to ask this question, then you’ve probably seen a lot of shady products and “opportuni-tease” on the internet. Scouring the web for a real, honest opportunity is like traversing a minefield. You think you may have found something promising, but it was nothing more than a scam blowing up in your face; robbing you out of your money. I completely understand if you fruitless endeavors end up leaving you salty. To prevent this from happening, you must equip yourself with the proper “street smarts.”

I’ll be blunt: Building a home-based business is noCaution. Be careful. easy task!

It’s bad enough dealing with the steep learning curve, stepping out of your comfort zone, and overcoming your own insecurities without some schmuck trying to steal from your bank account.

Many of us DREAM of a life where we don’t have to punch into work everyday to make ends meet, all the while earning an income to enjoy life in our own ideal ways.

“I love sitting in a cubicle, waiting on tables, and collecting a meager paycheck from McJobs!” – Said no one, ever.

The tables have turned in the corporate world’s favor ever since the economy went belly up many years back. The job market is hyper competitive, and employers are paying their employees as little as they can get away with. Why? Because there are tens, even hundreds of others applying for the same position you are.

Companies have their choice of the litter. When times were good, it was relatively easy to enter the workforce. Now, if you don’t have exactly or at least close to what they’re looking for, then expect your application package to go into the “not selected” pile. Like many of you, I have first hand experience with this, and it’s frustrating beyond belief.

With all these companies being very selective about who they hire, and paying their workers peanuts, you don’t have expend a lot of brainpower figuring out why many are trying to find other sources of income.

Anyways, to answer your question: Yes, work from home jobs do exist. You just have to be smart about it while looking for one!


So, Where Do I Begin?

If you’re looking to make money from home, the first thing you’ll want to do is seek help and guidance. Going about making an online business on your own will make things a lot harder.Who to follow?

But where should you go? Who should you turn to? This is where you may run into a bit of trouble.

See, there are a lot of marketing sharks out there who are more than willing to make you part with your money if you let them.

Be the wiser person and know when someone is trying to cater to your emotions by promising you they will make you a millionaire overnight. It’s as they say: “If something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.”

If you run into an alleged “online marketing expert” who can “guarantee” that you can start making hundreds or even thousands of dollars immediately with little to no effort, then your best bet is to move on. They’ll tell you anything to suck you in and try to convince you to buy their “silver bullet” product.

One way these self-proclaimed “gurus” try to entice you to sign on board is to show pay statements from members who are making money with their program. You may have seen it. It’s a picture of a relatively long list of commissions made by one of their members.

These results could be true, but they’re probably hyped and inflated. More often than not, they’re taking stats from their top performers and propping them up as poster children to promote their product.redflagwarning

In reality, they’re only showing what you can potentially make, not what the average person in that program is actually making. You’re being shown a small part of the big picture. Just a select group of people whom are actually doing well for themselves, and in most cases that’s a very small number.

My personal favorite tactic I love seeing from these con artists are posting flashy images of high-priced materialistic things. You know: Tricked out Lamborghini’s, huge mansions, or some Joe-Schmoe taking a selfie in front a huge pile of money.

Yes, these snake-oil salespeople are in the make money online niche, and using images of money fits nicely with the theme, but they go overboard trying to excite you. Don’t fall for it.

I was once told: “People who don’t have money talk like they have it. People who actually have money don’t talk about it at all.” It makes sense. Why would they? They have nothing to prove.


How Do I Spot a Scam?

You work hard for your money, therefore you deserve it! It’s important to spend your money wisely so you can get the most out of your investment.

To spot a scam, do the following:

Look for reviews about the product or program

If you’ve narrowed down your choices on which product or program you’re going to invest in, look at what others have to say about it. Read every positive and negative review you can find. Check out ripoffreport.com, and the BBB to find out what people are saying about the program you’re looking at.

Ask QuestionsHow to Spot a Scam

You’ve read the reviews. Are you still unsure on what the product does or how the program works? Now is the perfect time to ask questions…a lot of them.

You should get a straight answer from the owner, or from someone who has experience with the product. If you’re getting the vibe that they’re not being upfront with you, then you should consider moving on.

Read the Fine Print

I’ve seen TONS of ads and reviews of online programs where they say you can make hundreds or even thousands of dollars by using it. They make it seem so easy–as if you can learn their system in a week and start making money immediately! But if you read the fine print, you’ll notice how quickly they change their tune.

For example, here’s a fine print excerpt from an unreputable program:

“The average affiliate spends between $500 and $3,000 in expenses as they build their business. Less than 4% earns sufficient commissions to cover their costs of the Empower Network products. Note that it takes hard work to make substantial income in this business and some affiliates make no money at all.”

So, let me get this straight; I might spend an upwards of $3,000 for a program where, in all likelihood, won’t make enough just to cover the costs? All with LESS THAN a 4% chance of success? That’s some scary crap right there! Thanks, but no thanks.

Yes, it takes a lot of hard work to make money in this business.

Yes, it takes nerves of steel to deal with the ups and downs.

Yes, it takes a lot of perseverance to become successful.

Yes, you will end up spending money setting up your online business, and learning how to make money from it.

It’s not worth it to throw cash at something with a slim chance of ROI (Return On Investment). There are ways to learn for FREE or even at a fraction of the cost.

Be on the Look Out For Excessive Up-sells

You may have signed up at this point. Are you being bombarded with emails or phone calls from people who are trying to get you to buy more? Are they pushing you to “take it to the next level” or “enhance your business” with ANOTHER product? Does this program have multiple tiers or upgrades you have to buy to get more learning resources?

If you’ve answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then turn around and hightail it outta there. Do NOT invest another DIME in that product!

Try before You Buy

Any legitimate company will have full faith in their product. They’re 99.9% sure that you’ll love it and will stick around. They’re confident enough that they’ll offer you a trial run so you can make sure it’s a good fit for you. You shouldn’t have to give up your credit card information at this point.

If you’re not offered a free trial period, then you should at least receive a deeply discounted offer for your first month. Be warned, because this can get tricky.

Some online marketing programs will offer a low introductory rate only to barrage you with expensive up-sells once you’ve signed up. I understand this is a business, but any respectable company won’t constantly blow up your phone, or SPAM your inbox up-sells!

If the product you’re looking at is a book (electronic or printed), then it should come with a money back guarantee.

Ask Yourself if it Sounds Too Good to be True

You’ve read or watched their sales pitch. Did it make you feel that you’ll be an INSTANT success? Do you suddenly have a new-found confidence to walk into work tomorrow and tell your boss to shove it? Are you thinking about retiring early, and thinking of that dream vacation in the Bahamas?

Well, don’t quit your day job just yet. Stop daydreaming about the beach, that cold mai tai, and get youravoid internet scams head out of the clouds, Hondo. Don’t let them put the idea into your head that you will become a millionaire within the next two months. There’s a better chance of the sun going supernova before that happens.

Do yourself a HUGE favor and do your due diligence. Go over every detail with a fine-toothed comb. Gather as much information as you can so you can make an informed decision. Your bank account will thank you for it!

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Questions or Comments?

If you have a question or a comment, please leave them below. I look forward to hearing from you!

8 thoughts on “Are There Any Real, Legit Work From Home Jobs?

  1. Great article Chris, in this day and age you really can’t be to careful when getting yourself involved in schemes online. The biggest problem I feel most people face is they want the quick answer to their financial difficulties and aren’t prepared to work at it… Sad things is that the “get rich quick” dream ends up getting them in more trouble.

    Great read – thanks again!
    John

    • Hey John,

      Agreed. A lot of effort must be put into creating a successful online business, and I think that’s what scares off a lot of people. This happened to me when I tried to break into online marketing back in 2010. I eventually wised up and figured out that I have to be persistent in order to succeed.

      There are few out there who actually get results the “quick and easy way,” but it’s usually a very small number, and their success is often short-lived. I’m part of a couple of “work from home” groups on Facebook, and I constantly see people fall for shady easy money schemes. Currently, the “email processing” gig is all the buzz with these groups. The funny thing is, I have yet to get a straight answer about what exactly I’m supposed to “process.” The fact that no one is willing to answer my question raises a huge red flag.

      Thanks for your comment John!

      -Chris

    • Hey Kevin,

      It all depends on how hard your work at it. Some people have been working on the business for years and haven’t made a single dime, while others see their first dollar in 3 months.

      Most people have jobs and other things going on in their lives, and can only dedicate a few hours a week. Keep your goals on the forefront of your mind. Set aside sometime for your business–whatever you can spare. The key is to stay persistent and positive.

      -Chris

  2. Very informative! I agree totally, there are so many scams out there and big promises, that you have to be very careful. So glad you are telling it like it is! It will help a lot of people. They should heed your advice!

    • Hello Tina!

      I apologize for the long awaited reply.

      Indeed, you have to be careful. There are people who couldn’t care less whether or not you succeed. They can paint a pretty picture to get you excited/inspired into buying their junk, and not feel the least bit guilty about it. I hope others will find this article useful.

      Thanks for reading! 🙂

      -Chris

  3. Hi Chris,

    I have to congratulate you on your razor-sharp analysis of what not to sign up for! So many of us have been there at some point and have learnt the hard way. I also love your candour which is like a little oasis amongst the quicksand! Very readable, very clear even for those who are just beginning to surf the internet for opportunities! Their first port of call should be here!

    • Hey Claire N,

      Thank you! I sincerely hope to inform people whom are looking into creating their online business before they get into something they might regret. If they walk away with something useful here, then I know I’m doing my job. 🙂

      -Chris

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